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What is the definition or description of: lipid panel?

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Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology 36 years experience
Cholesterol Test: The standard lipid panel measures levels of blood cholesterol and triglycerides (tg). These lipids are carried in the circulation by various lipoprotein particles such as tg rich vldl and cholesterol rich LDL and hdl. Tg is used to estimate vldl concentration, while the cholesterol carried in LDL and HDL (ldl-c and hdl-c) is used to estimate LDL and HDL particle concentrations.
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Dr. Douglas Miller
Pathology 43 years experience
"cholesterol" test: A lipid panel is a set of blood tests, measuring total cholesterol, and the subcomponents of blood lipids including high-density lipoproteins (hdl), low-density lipoproteins (ldl), and very-low density lipoproteins (vldl). Your physician can get a clearer picture of your risks for heart attack and ischemic stroke when he/she has all that information.
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Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Lipid panels do not measure lipoprotein particles. They are only a way to guess at possible lipoprotein particle concentrations and only correlate fairly well when cholesterol concentrations in blood plasma remain very high, >350 mg/dL after fasting for 12-14 hrs. They began as an NIH.gov effort, in the 1970s, to guess at lipoprotein concentrations, at ↓$, yet at low accuracy/reliability.
Oct 30, 2016
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
Preventive Medicine 43 years experience
Fats vs Lipoproteins: The lipid panel=measurements of cholesterol, triglycerides & Apo-A (of HDL particles) to estimate cholesterol within both High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) & Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) particles in water outside cells. It does not measure actual LDL or HDL particle concentrations, the key issue driving arterial disease: heart attack, stroke & peripheral arterial disease. See: http://goo.gl/NmdIfm
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A 28-year-old male asked:

What is the definition or description of: lipid?

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Dr. William Cromwell
Clinical Lipidology 36 years experience
Fats: Lipids are fats. A common example of lipids refer to blood fats - cholesterol and triglycerides (tg). These lipids are carried in the circulation by various lipoprotein particles such as tg rich vldl and cholesterol rich LDL and hdl. Tg is used to estimate vldl concentration, while the cholesterol carried in LDL and HDL (ldl-c and hdl-c) is used to estimate LDL and HDL particle concentrations.
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